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Inter-Island Travel

Cover Image: Masthead of Ka Nupepa Kuokoa published on June 12, 1880.

Aloha Nūhou Monday!

In the days before Aloha and Hawaiian, if you wanted to get from one island to another and did not have access to a boat or waʻa, there was the Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company which started in 1883. But prior to that there was the Hawaiian Steam Navigation Company and the Wilder Steamship Company.

Here is an advertisement from the Wilder Steamship Company on the pages of Ka Nupepa Kuokoa now on display on the third floor of Hawaiian Hall.

Image: “Papa Kuhikuhi Manawa Holo o ka Mokumahu Hawaii.” Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, June 12, 1880, p. 3.






Tuesday, May 4, 5 p.m. Circuit of Hawaiʻi
Tuesday, May 11, 5 p.m. Hilo
Tuesday, May 18, 5 p.m. Circuit of Hawaiʻi
Tuesday, May 25, 5 p.m. Hilo
Tuesday, June 1, 5 p.m. Circuit of Hawaiʻi
Tuesday, June 8, 5 p.m. Hilo
Tuesday, June 15, 5 p.m. Circuit of Hawaiʻi
Tuesday, June 22, 5 p.m. Hilo
Tuesday, June 29, 5 p.m. Circuit of Hawaiʻi


We decline to give credit for passage, and we call attention to the public, should you have bags, luggage, or bundles to take aboard, you must label them clearly; no bags, luggage, or bundles will be allowed aboard without being receipted for.


For all freight for friends, payment must be made in advance. And we will deliver it to your desired location. And the luggage, bags, and bundles, horses, cows, and mules will be watched over with care.

Label clearly barrels of Liquor and Wine.

Those for whom are freight of this type, must label them clearly, or write clearly in the receipt for whom the goods are.

Demands for damage or loss must be reported at once within a month.

Hack drivers, boys and the like are not allowed on board the steamer upon arrival, until after the passengers have disembarked.

For the benefit of the traveling public, the owners of the Likelike have changed the Time-Table of the Steamer as shown above.

Documents Obtained at the Business Office.

No rear rooms will be let until the passage is paid. Claims for bags, luggage, or bundles will not be accepted unless receipted for. Freight money due on demand.

(Kuokoa, 6/12/1880, p. 3)

The Likelike was put into inter-island service in 1877. Twenty years later in 1897 it ran aground. The only image of this Likelike found was this one below.

Image: “Drawing of the Shipwrecked Likelike.” Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, April 30, 1897, p. 4. The caption reads, “The drawing above shows the steamer Likelike run aground along with the steamers Kīlauea Hou and Helene. The second drawing shows the actual condition of the shipwreck.

This post is part of He Aupuni Palapala: Preserving and Digitizing the Hawaiian Language Newspapers, a partnership between Bishop Museum and Awaiaulu with assistance from Kamehameha Schools. Mahalo nui loa to Hawaii Tourism Authority for their support. Learn more about this project here.

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